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Notice to Masters of Northern Ireland Vessels in Irish Territorial Waters
Wednesday, November 16, 2016/Number of views (1685)

In light of the recent Supreme Court judgment and subsequent order relating to a mussel seed fishery case, all fishing by Northern Irish registered fishing vessels within the 0 to 6nm zone of Irish territorial waters, for which access rights under voisinage were previously claimed, have been prohibited from Wednesday 9th November 2016...

SFPA Host Information Event for the Fishing Industry
Tuesday, October 25, 2016/Number of views (1355)
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), the independent regulator for the sea-fishing and seafood sectors, is hosting a special Fishing Industry Information Breakfast for fishermen, processors and shellfish producers based in the south east areas on Tuesday 15th November 2016 as part of a series of  information events being held around the country over the coming months. Inspection requirements, landing obligations and technical measures are among the many topics that will be covered at the event, which is free to attend...

Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority’s inshore patrols target illegal fishing
Thursday, July 28, 2016/Number of views (2430)

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority’s (SFPA) has inspected over 140  inshore vessels  since it began its annual inshore fisheries patrol programme last month as  part of conservation measures to help protect Ireland’s valuable crab, lobster and whelk fisheries.  The SFPA is targeting unlicensed and unregistered fishing along the south and west coasts as well as monitoring compliance with new limits for lobster and crab fishing by members of the publicThis year’s programme also includes vehicle patrols to small local ports and landing places, a new initiative to monitor unlicensed and unregistered vessels, which will be targeted for inspection at sea during subsequent patrols in their area. The inshore patrols will continue until the autumn with the support of the Naval Service, Air Corps and Inland Fisheries Ireland..

New laws for lobster and crab fishing
Wednesday, June 01, 2016/Number of views (23829)

Under new legislation¹ any member of the public, fishing for lobster and crab can only fish from 1st May to 30th September and are limited in the number of pots they can fish. The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), the independent statutory body responsible for enforcing the State’s sea-fisheries and seafood safety laws, is prioritising the implementation of the new regulations during its seasonal programme of in-shore patrols, which began this month. The new regulations were introduced to protect the licensed fishing industry which has faced increasing competition in recent years from unlicensed or unregistered vessels that were operating on a commercial or semi-commercial basis.

Nigeria top importer of Irish seafood
Wednesday, June 01, 2016/Number of views (2452)

Over 49,000 tonnes of fish were exported from Ireland in 2015 to Third (non-EU) Countries according to new figures released by the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA). Nigeria remains the highest importer, accounting for 46% of Third Country exports¹, followed by China and the African countries of Cameroon, Ghana and Benin. The data are taken from Health Certificates that were issued for the exports by the SFPA, the independent statutory body responsible for enforcing the State’s sea-fisheries and seafood safety laws.  All consignments of fish and fish products manufactured, processed or packaged in Ireland for export to Third countries generally must be accompanied by a health cert from the SFPA that contains details regarding their origin and traceability. This information is critical for providing confidence in the safety of the products and in the protection of consumer health. 

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